Brian O'Driscoll factfile
The incredible path that Brian O'Driscoll's career has taken thus far.
1979: Born January 21 in Dublin.
1996: Makes Ireland schools debut.
1999: Wins three Ireland Under-21 caps.
April - Called up to Ireland squad against Italy but not used in the match.
June - Makes Test debut against Australia during summer tour.
August - Handed provincial debut for Leinster.
November - Scores first international try, against the United States in 1999 World Cup.
2000: Runs in a hat-trick against France in Paris.
2001: Named in British and Irish Lions squad for Australia. Played all three Tests in 2-1 series defeat.
2002: Given Ireland captaincy for first time.
2004: Made permanent Ireland skipper. Leads Ireland to first Triple Crown for 19 years.
2005: Named Lions captain for tour to New Zealand.
June 25 - Ruled out of the rest of the Lions tour after dislocating his left shoulder in the first 90 seconds of the first Test against the All Blacks in Christchurch after a spear tackle by Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu. The pair escaped sanction at the time but were later strongly condemned by the International Rugby Board.
2007: March 17 - Surpasses Keith Wood's record of 36 Tests as Ireland captain as they beat Italy 51-24 in the final game of the RBS 6 Nations.
April - Named RBS 6 Nations player of the tournament for a second consecutive year, following Ireland's defence of the Triple Crown.
August 12 - Picked in 30-man squad for the World Cup, in which Ireland finished third in Pool D.
August 16 - Punched in the face during Ireland's match with French club Bayonne and taken to hospital with a suspected fractured cheekbone.
2008: Captains Leinster to the Celtic League title.
2009: March 21 - Leads Ireland to the Six Nations Grand Slam as they beat Wales 17-15. O'Driscoll scored four tries in five games and was named player of the tournament.
May 23 - O'Driscoll drops a goal as Leinster win the Heineken Cup with a 19-16 win over Leicester. He had also scored an interception try in the semi-final win over Munster.
June - Plays two Tests on the Lions' tour of South Africa, but misses the third with concussion.
November 16 - Shortlisted for the IRB player of the year award, but eventually misses out to New Zealand's Richie McCaw.
2010: January - Voted World Rugby player of the decade by Rugby World magazine.
2011: March 19 - Scores a record 25th Six Nations try in a 24-8 win over England.
May 21 - Wins his second Heineken Cup as Leinster beat Northampton 33-22.
September-October - Captains Ireland to the World Cup quarter-finals.
2012: May 19 - Leinster retain the Heineken Cup with a 42-14 win over Ulster.
2013: March 20 - Suspended for three weeks, having been cited for stamping in Ireland's final Six Nations game against Italy.
April 30 - Selected for his fourth Lions tour, only the third player to achieve the feat.
May 16 - Signs a new one-year contract with Leinster and the Irish Rugby Football Union, ending speculation he would retire after the Lions tour.
July 3 - Surprisingly left out of the Lions' matchday squad for the series-deciding third Test against Australia.